Air Force PT Test Standards

Official Information on the 2023 Air Force PT Test

Abbreviations & Acronyms

BLUF: Below are the Official AFI 36-2905 Air Force Abbreviations Acronyms and Terms.

Reference: The below material was taken from AFI 36-2905 and was verified current December 2018

AC—Abdominal Circumference
ACSM—American College of Sports Medicine
AED—Automated External Defibrillator
AFFMS II—Air Force Fitness Management System
AFPD—Air Force Policy Directive
AGR—Active Guard/Reserve
ARC—Air Reserve Components
AT—Annual Tour
BE WELL—Balanced Eating, Workout Effectively, Live Long
BIMAA—Base Individual Mobilization Augmentee Administrator
BLS—Basic Life Support
BMT—Basic Military Training

CBT—Computer Based Training
COT—Commissioned Officer Training Course
DAWG—Deployment Availability Working Group
DLC—Duty Limiting Condition
DoD—Department of Defense
ECP—Extreme Conditioning Program
FA—Fitness Assessment
FAAB—Fitness Assessment Appeals Board
FAC—Fitness Assessment Cell
FC—Fitness Center
FIM—Fitness Information Manager
FP—Fitness Program
FIP—Fitness Improvement Program
FPM—Fitness Program Manager
FSC—Fitness and Sports Center
FSM—Fitness and Sports Manager
FSS—Force Support Squadron
FSV—Sustainment Services Flight
FSQ—Fitness Screening Questionnaire
HAWC—Health and Wellness Center
HIPAA—Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
IDT—Inactive Duty Training
IMA—Individual Mobilization Augmentee
IR—Individual Reservist
LOD—Line of Duty
MEB—Medical Evaluation Board
MilPDS—Military Personnel Data System
MLO—Medical Liaison Officer
MPS—Military Personnel Section
MTF—Medical Treatment Facility
MTL—Military Training Leader
NAF—Non-Appropriated Funds

OPR—Office of Primary Responsibility
ORI—Operational Readiness Inspection
OTC—Over the Counter
OTS—Officer Training School
PCA—Permanent Change of Assignment
PCM—Primary Care Manager
PCP—Personal Care Provider
PCS—Permanent Change of Station
PDOP—Projected Date of Promotion
PHI—Protected Health Information
PIRR—Participating Individual Ready Reserve
PT—Physical Training
PTL—A – Physical Training Leader-Advanced
PTL—B – Physical Training Leader-Basic
RegAF—Regular Air Force
ROTC—Reserve Officer Training Corps
RPE—Rating of Perceived Exertion
SAV—Staff Assistance Visit
SFIP—Self-Paced Fitness Improvement Program
TDY—Temporary Duty Assignment
UCI—Unit Compliance Inspection
UFPM—Unit Fitness Program Manager
UIF—Unfavorable Information File
USAFA—United States Air Force Academy
UTA—Unit Training Assembly
WGBT—Wet Bulb Globe Temperature

Air Force Fitness Terms

Abdominal Circumference (AC)—A circumferential measure of abdominal girth at the iliac crest that is positively and highly correlated with internal fat and in turn disease risk independent
of body mass.
Active Guard/Reserve (AGR)—Air Reserve Component (ARC) members on full time AGR duty to support the National Guard and Reserve, who are paid from the Reserve Personnel
Appropriations of a military department in order to organize, administer, recruit, instruct and train members of the Reserve components. This includes all personnel of the National Guard and Reserve Forces serving on active duty under Sections 10301, 10211, 12301(d), 12310, 10502, 10505 and 10506, 10305, or 12402 of 10 USC; or 32 USC 502(f).
Air Force Portal (AF Portal)—The website available to all Air Force members that serves as a single access point for AF Fitness resources; located at
Air Reserve Component (ARC)—Component consisting of all ANG and AF Reserve personnel.
Alternate Aerobic Fitness Assessment—FA for Airmen with a medical exemption from the 1.5-mile run. Medical exemption is based on either musculoskeletal or clinical (e.g., cardiac,
pulmonary, etc.) conditions that preclude running. Approved alternate aerobic fitness assessment is the 2.0 kilometer walk test for eligible members.
Basic Life Support (BLS) Training—Includes CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification.
Fitness Assessment (FA)—The Air Force uses the 1.5-mile run and 2.0 kilometer walk to provide an estimate of an Airman’s cardiorespiratory (aerobic) fitness. Push-ups and sit-ups are
used to assess muscular fitness. AC measurement is used to assess the body composition. Airmen must complete an FSQ prior to the assessment. FAs are used to measure compliance
with military directives to maintain consistent and regular physical-conditioning programs. Fitness standards are used to ensure a minimum level of fitness is maintained. Out-of-cycle unitrun FAs are not reported as official scores in AFFMS II, but may be used as a commander’s tool to evaluate fitness/readiness, dress and appearance, etc. Commanders may refer and track
members not meeting standards for FIP.
Fitness Assessment Cell (FAC)—Centralized under the FSS and augmented by installation PTLs/UFPMs. FAC members/augmentees should be role models and advocates for fitness. This team is aligned under the Sustainment Flight of the Force Support Squadron.
Fitness Assessment Cell (FAC) Augmentee—Military members trained to oversee and administer FAs. This is an additional duty and not a primary AFSC. Can be a PTL or UFPM who has completed PTL-B training and certification. These augmentees will not test Airmen from their own unit/PAS code and will not update FA scores in AFFMS II for Airmen from their own unit/PAS code.
Fitness Assessment Cell (FAC) Manager—Military members appointed to oversee installation FAC operations. This is an additional duty and not a primary AFSC. Maintains a minimum
PTL-B certification and provides refresher training to FAC augmentees at the beginning of each FAC rotation. Ensures FAC augmentees do not test Airmen from their own unit/PAS code and
do not update FA scores in AFFMS II for Airmen from their own unit/PAS code.
Fitness Improvement Program (FIP)—Intervention program required for all Airmen identified as Unsatisfactory fitness score. The program consists of behavior modification, fitness and
nutrition education.
Fitness Program Manager (FPM)—Installation fitness expert for ARC units. The FPM is responsible for oversight of the installation AF Fitness Program. The FPM is a consultant to commanders, providers, FAC, and individuals for briefings, consultation, exercise prescriptions, guidance, and training. The FPM must meet minimum requirements described in the position

Geographically Separated Units (GSUs)—For the purposes of this AFI, a GSU is defined as a unit that is separated from the host or main operating base that provides support. The host or
main operating base is defined as the base where the member’s MPS is located.
National Guard Bureau (NGB) Statutory Tour—ARC members on Title 10 duty reassigned from Air National Guard unit to NGB to support the Air National Guard. For the purpose of this instruction, the term NGB Statutory Tour refers solely to members
permanently assigned to full- time National Guard Duty under Title 10 USC and is not applicable to members serving on ADOS orders.
Medical Liaison Officer (MLO)—For the ARC member, the individual’s military health care provider. For ANG, the MLO is normally located at the Wing Medical Group. In most cases, a
civilian practitioner, but in cases where the member is a military family member or is in active duty status, a military provider.
Military Training Leader (MTL)— Counsels Airmen attending basic military training or technical school training on personal problems, military bearing, standards, and behavior; and
schedules and conducts military training functions for students. This is a special duty assignment and individuals in this position hold the 8B100 AFSC.
Personal Care Provider (PCP)—For RegAF, the individuals’ primary care manager. In most cases, a military practitioner.
Physical Training (PT)—Development and care of the body using a wide variety of strength building, cardio training, endurance, and flexibility activities.
Physical Training Leader—Advanced (PTL-A)—A military member trained to both lead unit PT exercises and administer FAs. This is an additional duty and not a primary AFSC. Certified PTL-As may be appointed as FAC augmentees. PTL-A certification cannot be obtained without first having PTL-B certification. To become PTL-A certified, an individual must complete the following: BLS, FA procedures training, and online PTL-A training course located on ADLS. At locations where a FAC exists, PTL-As will only administer FAs when appointed a FAC
augmentee. NOTE: An individual can only receive PTL-A certification if their unit is identified, in writing, as one that has a Commander-directed mandatory PT programs.
Self—paced Fitness Improvement Program (SFIP)—A remedial intervention program recommended for non-AGR ARC Airmen identified with a composite Unsatisfactory fitness score. Airmen are highly encouraged to take part on a voluntary basis in all available FIP offerings to include an individualized fitness exercise prescription, heart-rate monitored exercise, supervised unit/fitness center PT, and documented exercise participation. AGRs in the Unsatisfactory fitness category will participate in the FIP.
Title 10 (Federal Status)—Includes RegAF members, ANG Statutory Tour, AFR AGRs, AFR ARTs, IMAs, Traditional Reservists, and members of the Individual Ready Reserve. Title 32 (State Status)—Includes ANG Technicians, ANG Drill Status Guardsmen, and ANG permanent AGRs serving at the state level. Includes members performing active or inactive duty outside of the National Guard Bureau’s statutory tour program (i.e. ADOS, AGR, Annual Tour, Inactive Duty Training, Military Personnel Appropriation, etc.).
Unit Fitness Program Manager (UFPM)—A unit member responsible to the commander for the unit fitness program. Acts as a liaison between the Unit CC, the FAC, and the EP/FPM for matters related to the fitness program. This is an additional duty and not a primary AFSC. All UFPMs must be PTL-B certified to support FA administration. May be appointed as a FAC augmentee.
VO2 Max—The maximum volume of oxygen taken in, transported and used by the pulmonary,
cardiovascular, and muscular systems measured in milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of body weight per min (ml/kg/min). VO2 max is the measure of cardiorespiratory endurance or aerobic
fitness and refers to the ability to perform large muscle, dynamic, moderate-to-high intensity exercise for prolonged periods. It is important to measure cardiorespiratory endurance for:
exercise prescription, progress, feedback, and motivation in an exercise program, as well as prediction of medical conditions and further diagnoses of health problems.
Wet Bulb Globe Temperature—A composite temperature used to estimate the effect of temperature, humidity, wind speed and solar radiation on humans. It is used by industrial hygienists, athletes, and the military to determine appropriate exposure levels to high